The BEST episodes of Expedition Unknown

Every episode of Expedition Unknown ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Expedition Unknown!

Expedition Unknown chronicles the adventures of Josh Gates as he investigates iconic mysteries across the globe. Gates begins by interviewing key eyewitnesses and uncovering recent developments in the story, then springboards into a fully immersive exploration. This authentic, roughshod adventure leads Gates closer to the truth behind these unanswered global enigmas, such as the disappearance of Amelia Earhart’s plane. Josh Gates is an adventurer and avid explorer with a unique brand of humor and passion for off-the-map excursions.

Last Updated: 4/6/2024Network: DiscoveryStatus: Continuing
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The Hunt for the Golden Owl
star
10.00
2 votes

#1 - The Hunt for the Golden Owl

Season 6 - Episode 8 - Aired 5/29/2019

Josh Gates stalks prey that has eluded capture for 25 years, the Golden Owl. A book of riddles gives cryptic clues to where the Owl statuette, worth half a million dollars, is hidden. Josh joins treasure hunters using new leads to chase the fortune.

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Cracking The Secret
star
8.31
58 votes

#2 - Cracking The Secret

Season 7 - Episode 9 - Aired 10/2/2019

Josh Gates is on a nation-wide treasure hunt to solve a mystery no one has cracked for 40 years: The Secret. Josh travels coast-to-coast and back in time using cutting edge augmented reality and tapping into a network of obsessed Secret detectives.

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Great Women of Ancient Egypt
star
8.27
158 votes

#3 - Great Women of Ancient Egypt

Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired 2/7/2018

Josh Gates strives to uncover the buried secrets of three of the most powerful and elusive women in ancient Egypt -- Hatshepsut, Nefertiti and Cleopatra; a facial reconstruction project is commissioned to reveal the face of King Tut's mother.

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Dillinger's Lost Loot
star
8.26
66 votes

#4 - Dillinger's Lost Loot

Season 9 - Episode 1 - Aired 7/21/2021

Josh joins the hunt for John Dillinger's fortune that's never been found

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Egypt's Lost Queens
star
8.23
133 votes

#5 - Egypt's Lost Queens

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired 2/14/2018

Josh Gates continues his journey through Egypt to unearth the secrets and possibly the final resting places of Nefertiti and Cleopatra.

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Revealing the Triangle
star
8.22
9 votes

#6 - Revealing the Triangle

Season 8 - Episode 8 - Aired 3/25/2020

In the conclusion of his epic investigation, Josh Gates uses cutting-edge technology to investigate the Triangle's most infamous shipwreck and lost flights. Will he find answers to just how the Triangle works or will it forever remain a mystery?

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Yamashita's Gold
star
8.20
167 votes

#7 - Yamashita's Gold

Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired 2/10/2016

Josh travels to the Philippines searching for Yamashita's Gold, a treasure that has been hidden since World War II. When the cave Josh explores quickly fills with water, will he escape with a piece of history before he's trapped?

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Mysteries of Jesus
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8.20
15 votes

#8 - Mysteries of Jesus

Season 6 - Episode 2 - Aired 4/17/2019

Josh Gates journeys to the Holy Land to find out where Jesus was born; his investigation leads to potentially explosive revelations that may change people's understanding of Jesus' origin story.

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Buried Secrets of the Nazis
star
8.18
38 votes

#9 - Buried Secrets of the Nazis

Season 10 - Episode 2 - Aired 6/1/2022

Josh Gates hunts for Third Reich secrets as he searches for stolen art in a flooded tunnel complex, tries to decode an officer's diary pointing to tons of plundered Nazi gold and visits the ruins of a city burned to ashes in the final days of WWII.

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Treasure of the Copper Scroll
star
8.18
115 votes

#10 - Treasure of the Copper Scroll

Season 7 - Episode 2 - Aired 8/14/2019

Josh Gates investigates a unique Dead Sea Scroll etched with riddles that could lead to an ancient treasure. Following new leads, Josh treks into the punishing Jordanian desert in search of the potential fortune.

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Samurai Sword of Power
star
8.17
159 votes

#11 - Samurai Sword of Power

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired 3/26/2015

Josh searches through various ancient shrines in Japan looking for the mystical Honjo Masamune sword. During his travels, Josh learns the ways of the samurai and is educated on how to forge his own sword.

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Knights Templar Treasure Hunt
star
8.16
49 votes

#12 - Knights Templar Treasure Hunt

Season 10 - Episode 5 - Aired 6/22/2022

On the trail of the secretive Knights Templar, Josh chases the legendary warriors' lost fortune including the coveted Holy Grail. In England, Josh digs in to find a Templar buried tunnel. Then, he travels to Poland to excavate a rare Templar gravesite.

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Dalton Gang's Outlaw Fortune
star
8.15
41 votes

#13 - Dalton Gang's Outlaw Fortune

Season 10 - Episode 3 - Aired 6/8/2022

Josh Gates heads to the Wild West in search of the hidden loot heisted by infamous lawmen turned criminals, the Dalton Gang. Re-tracing the Gang's last steps and investigating their final, deadly shoot-out, Josh chases a fortune worth millions today.

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Finding the Lost Pilots of WW2
star
8.14
57 votes

#14 - Finding the Lost Pilots of WW2

Season 12 - Episode 2 - Aired 11/22/2023

Josh dives deep into the Navy's heroic Pearl Harbor counterattack, uncovering an eyewitness who shares vivid details of American soldiers' executions. New intel leads to a discovery that changes history -- the first US plane ever found from this battle.

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Hunt For The Metal Library
star
8.14
143 votes

#15 - Hunt For The Metal Library

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired 1/31/2018

Josh travels through the jungles of Ecuador to explore the watery depths of Tayos Cave for a legendary set of metal plates believed to be created by an advanced ancient civilization.

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Great Lakes' Vanished Warships
star
8.14
59 votes

#16 - Great Lakes' Vanished Warships

Season 11 - Episode 5 - Aired 6/21/2023

Diving into Lake Superior, Josh has brand-new intel that may finally solve a 100-year-old mystery: the resting place of two WW1 minesweepers; on their way to combat German mines in the Atlantic, the warships sank and took the lives of 79 sailors.

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Pyramid of Legends
star
8.14
155 votes

#17 - Pyramid of Legends

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired 5/29/2018

Josh ventures into the ancient Mayan city of El Mirador in search of the lost tombs of a mysterious ruling dynasty, called "the Snake Kings".

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Cambodia's Stolen Monuments
star
8.13
32 votes

#18 - Cambodia's Stolen Monuments

Season 11 - Episode 8 - Aired 7/12/2023

A clandestine meeting with a Cambodian looter puts Josh on the trail of multi-million-dollar stolen monuments; Josh dives into a murky moat, where he unearths a priceless lost statue and a missing piece of a national treasure.

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Japan's Atlantis
star
8.12
147 votes

#19 - Japan's Atlantis

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired 12/16/2015

Josh travels to Japan's remote Yonaguni Island to explore an underwater phenomenon described as Japan's Atlantis. Josh dives into the waters of the Pacific Rim to explore this remarkable site.

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The Hunt for Our Ancient Ancestors
star
8.11
61 votes

#20 - The Hunt for Our Ancient Ancestors

Season 8 - Episode 3 - Aired 2/19/2020

Josh Gates ventures to Africa, embedding with fierce warriors and squaring off with lions to investigate the mystery of humanity's origins. Then, Expedition X ventures into Cambodia's jungle searching for a monster that's haunted the area for centuries.

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Hunt for the Chupacabra
star
8.10
83 votes

#21 - Hunt for the Chupacabra

Season 7 - Episode 7 - Aired 9/18/2019

In the dark caves and thick jungles of Puerto Rico, Josh Gates tracks a modern-day mystery - the Chupacabra. Working with a wildlife biologist, a veterinarian and an investigator, Josh explores a recent wave of attacks to separate fact from fiction.

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Lost Spanish Fortune, Found!
star
8.08
171 votes

#22 - Lost Spanish Fortune, Found!

Season 3 - Episode 17 - Aired 6/14/2017

Josh Gates travels the coast of Florida and to the newly opened country of Cuba in search of sunken treasure from a fleet of Spanish ships sunk in 1715. The hunt takes him deep into the Atlantic and into the previously sealed National Archives of Cuba.

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The Lost Avenger
star
8.07
58 votes

#23 - The Lost Avenger

Season 9 - Episode 2 - Aired 7/28/2021

A three-man crew of Navy pilots training for World War 2 crashed into the Pacific Ocean 75 years ago. Josh Gates teams up with Project Recover on a daring mission to find their plane and bring closure for the three souls who have never been found.

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Lost City of El Mirador
star
8.07
133 votes

#24 - Lost City of El Mirador

Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired 6/5/2018

Josh concludes his investigation into the mysterious Maya city of El Mirador, from the possible burial of the elusive Snake Kings to uncovering the secrets behind the fall of one of history's greatest ancient cities.

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Curse of the Golden Bell
star
8.06
152 votes

#25 - Curse of the Golden Bell

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired 4/2/2015

Josh joins local divers in the Southeast Asian country of Myanmar to search for the ancient cursed Great Bell of King Dhammazedi. To recover it, Josh dives into murky, violent waters that have claimed the lives of several other divers.

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